Bite Me, Brussels.

Reviewing food for the foreigners, without all the fluff.

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Romanian secret under your nose

Posted by Pi on April 13, 2009


These deliciously heavy cabbage rolls stuffed with fragrant sausage mince meat and rice (~9 euros) impressed us all.  The polenta with Romanian crumbled cheese and sour cream on the side only added to the warm and full flavors.  Coupled with a bold red wine, that meal gives a great taste of what this tiny Romanian restaurant has to offer.


Nestled among all the touristy cafes and fast food restaurants along Anspachlaan, it’s easy to miss.  But once you’re there surrounded by a new language, you realize how different this place is from the area.  Sure, the traditional countryside music in the background might be gimmicky, which apparently nobody in real life listens to ever, but the food and decor is all about comfort.


Other good choices include this fried whitefish, with potatoes and salad.


A solidly good meal is the creamy Transylvanian chicken with mushrooms, but don’t expect anything extraordinarily exotic with this choice.

Overall, as European restaurants go, this is a commendable small place for food with excellent and fast service, though it may be lost among the passable jumble of the rest of the street.  All the better, I say — fewer people to take my seat.

Restauration Roumain
Rue Grétry 13, by the Brouckère

Food: B+
Service: A
Atmosphere: B+
Price: A
Languages: Romanian, French

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Classy Kosmopol

Posted by Pi on February 19, 2009

The average foreigner should discover fairly quickly that pastas and roasted meat dishes ubiquitously populate Belgian restaurants.  What can they do to differentiate them all? Well, for starters, don’t be awful.  Be very good and a little stylish, maybe. Kosmopol in Leuven passes that test.

The Mediterranean pasta (~15 euros) with shrimp, olives, dried tomatoes, a rich sauce earned a very firm rating of… “good”.  Okay, the food is good but possibly a little boring.  However, take into consideration the ambiance as well.  Atmosphere earns this place its points.  The wide spaces, clean bar setting in reds and blacks, and much better than average service adds value to the meal.  Maybe going for a drink might be better than for a meal.

Martelarenplain 10, across from the station, Leuven

Food: B
Price: B
Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Languages: Dutch, English

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